Cowichan Water Balance Model Forum introduces “Living Water Smart” application to development community
Report from the Chair of the Vancouver Island Coordinating Team describes what provincial pilot accomplished at Cowichan Forum
In October 2008, the Cowichan Valley Regional District hosted the Vancouver Island Water Balance Model Forum in collaboration with the Inter-Governmental Partnership which developed this web-based scenario modelling and decision support tool.
“The Cowichan Valley is a pilot region for an inclusive and collaborative approach to building capacity through education and training,” explains Jay Bradley (Ministry of Agriculture & Lands), He represented the Province and provided the Living Water Smart context at the Cowichan Forum.
Jay Bradley is Chair of the Vancouver Island Coordinating Team, a sub-group of the Inter-Governmental Partnership.
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About the Cowichan Forum
The Forum was an outcome of the Cowichan Valley Learning Lunch Seminar Series, also a provincial pilot,” explains Kate Miller (CVRD Environment Manager), Chair of the Cowichan Valley Organizing Team. “We described the Forum as a hybrid-training workshop because the day was built around case study applications of the Water Balance Model. These provided the technical foundation for roundtable sharing, exploration and cross-fertilization of ideas on how to implement green infrastructure effectively.”
Links to YouTube Videos:
To capture the flavour of the Cowichan Forum, video clips have been uploaded to YouTube. Click on the small images below to access the YouTube videos.
In this 4-minute clip, Jay Bradley introduces the Cowichan audience to Living Water Smart. “This falls under the Province’s Climate Action initiative,” he explained. “In the coming years, the Province will be undertaking consultation and looking for partners.”
In this 1-minute clip, Rob Conway of the Cowichan Valley Regional District provides his concluding observations about the day: “The Water Balance Model provides local government reviewers with a measurable way of determining what is a good solution for a particular site.”
Links to Water Bucket Stories:
Stories about the Cowichan Forum are posted on several of the communities-of-interest that comprise the waterbucket.ca website.
To access the set of links as consolidated in a single web story, click on List of Water Bucket Stories.